Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Pump Handle Turn

The Pump handle turn version of Turn by the right or By the left was devised for use in crowded ballrooms especially where all the Couples in an Active, Longwise set are performing a 4-bar Turn.

On the first bar, hands are taken as for a Quick turn; once the dancers have passed the Centre line, the Turn is opened out for the second bar; these two bars are then repeated back to Places.

For example, here is a Scottish Country Dance in which the term, a Pump handle turn, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
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